Grateful Dead Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 1987-08-11
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Cold Rain & Snow-> Little Red Rooster, Tons Of Steel, High Time, When I Paint My Masterpiece, When Push Comes To Shove, Let It Grow
Crazy Fingers-> Samson & Delilah, Ship of Fools, Playin' In The Band-> China Doll-> Drums-> Jam-> All Along The Watchtower-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Around & Around-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Black Muddy River
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|Cold Rain and Snow ->|
|Little Red Rooster|
|Tons of Steel|
|When I Paint My Masterpiece|
|When Push Comes To Shove|
|Let It Grow|
|Crazy Fingers ->|
|Sampson & Delilah|
|Ship of Fools|
|Playing in the Band ->|
|China Doll ->|
|All Along The Watchtower ->|
|Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad ->|
|Around and Around ->|
|Black Muddy River|
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Very minor patching. Speedwise the audience was a extremely fast when compared to other recordings - 1.3 seconds per minute.
- 2017-08-05 19:19:12
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- <i>Patched/Pitch Corrected Audience</i> (original shnid = 138303) FOB Schoeps CMC32s, mics spaced 8' -> Apogee mod Sony PCMF1 -> Sony Betamax; Taper unknown; Dougal Donaldson Transfer from his PCM clone of the master; Sony Beta SL-HF360 > Sony PCM501 > analog outputs > MAudio soundcard > Soundforge > CD Architect > CD @44.1 kHz; Subsequent transfer from CD > SFDIF > MAudio > Soundforge, WAV file converted to FLAC; Joe Noel: Label, Patch, Pack, re-Track in Audacity; Checksum & tags created in xACT - pitch correction and patches by Kevin Tobin
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- Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Subject: Starting the Rocky five
After a break, following the hot Big A show, came what we felt was the meat of the summer shows. Colorado came before Utah this time, with five shows (the most they played on a tour in Colo), and they were all going to be mountain shows - 3 on the eastern front foothills and 2 deep in the Rockies on the SW slope. Little did we know this would be the final Red Rocks run! Man, we thought there were years to come. These were the before/after shows of the TouchHead phenomena - at least from my perspective. It may have started in July, but you couldn't tell at the Alone & Together stadia, which in California would've been big regardless. After the Colo shows, with MTV playing the vid in rotation and the single on radio, it was full-on.
It was such a peak time for excitement and weirdness. Jer shocked us when he started boppin' around, Walton was circulating, the Harmonic Convergence dropped, and the Telluride shows were seemingly threatened by a number of fanciful rumors. I'd seen great shows, but never a stretch of fire like Jun>Aug '87. The big hitch was being blunted on mail order for the first time, and for ALL 3 days. I had to make a special trip to Colo to camp out for tix. People usually went downtown, where the man was friendlier to a sidewalk scene, but a friend told us (in exchange for dibs) about a more rural outlet. We drove out there to find ourselves first in line. When more Heads showed we organized a list, so we didn't have to get harassed overnight and could sleep on a couch; though there were some bummed people at 7am when they saw the queue honor the list, letting a couple dozen of us walk to the front. 7am was just too late for the Dead at Red Rocks by then. They could have played 10 days no problem. Oddly, it was also the last time I got bumped on mail order (though I did miss a few and had to get the dreaded Ticketmaster tix with the harsh markup, extra trip and queuing). This, after the previous summer, having to send all of the mail-order tix back for a refund. But it was nice knowing that we were ticketed through the rest of the month. Gas and food were dirt cheap and there were show-friends to help each other with the small requirements. Otherwise: Shows!
Before the internet you listened to rumors and hearsay, and lots of people were convinced Dylan would be here. Dude, why would he play the previous shows and not this one? Never mind that these things were planned months earlier; and personally I was satisfied with having seen Dylan already and wanted a full-on Dead show. Red Rocks had been selling out for several years, but now there were about as many people outside looking for a miracle as there were inside. It was a complete zoo - and this venue didn't even have a real Shakedown Street (due to the multiple location parking lots, the scene was up the mountain at the camping site). We had been hipped about one of the gates to the park; when we drove by we were first in line. But as part of the ticket arrangement we had been brought by a newbie. The scene made him quite nervous and he freaked, refused to wait at the gate, and drove us toward Evergreen instead, and parked! Half a day before show time is not the time to be having a sober meltdown. He responded to reason only after two of us jumped out and tried to hitchhike back down the canyon. We also had a no-show, so we miracled somebody in the apt. building where we stayed. A pretty, young girl, we had no idea how she would react. Once in the show, she disappeared from our seats never to be seen again. She got on the bus! A personal annoyance at these June-Aug '87 shows was Healy playing Graceland through the PA before/after every show (I loathe that album). Improved since '85, the crew had erected a special, stunning array tower for Red Rocks. The sound was delicious. Subjectively though, my favorite tour; and some of this shows up on tape too.
First Set. After a semi-rickety warm-up, Little Red Rooster kicks off three days of utter madness. I have always particularly liked this Rooster: dig Brent and note that Bobby's Slide Practice™ works here, plus check the vid to see why it's all win. This is the peak frequency for Tons of Steel, and probably peak quality, even if it's not the ace from Big A a couple weeks prior. The rest is ice cream on cake. Quite-solid Dead.
Second Set. This set needed a warm-up start as well, but Samson returns the X factor. Ship is good; the vid even more effective. A wonderful Playin' becomes a potent China Doll, equal parts chilling and plaintive. Listen to the gods and don't skip the Drums. After premiering at the Greeks, Watchtower had already become a powerhouse (this is the 4th one - they also backed Dylan on his version for Alone & Together in July). The 9/18 version is incredible, but this is up there. A Dylan in each set. Goin' Down the Road is quite uptempo and quite sah-weeet. Joyful. The rest is less than most of the tour presents, though still GOGD.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¾ stars
Little Red Rooster - such a nice version
Tons of Steel - peaking
China Doll - potent
Drums - the roll of thunder up the stalls
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad - sah-weeet
SOURCES: The miller_92056 improved the muffled SBD, but the 138972_upg-aud_tobin is best. Regardless of the stated lineage, this is actually the Gans mic-matrix "ultra" SBD after repitching, patching, and remastering. Just EQ until the mix settles out. It does have a mistaken repeat of a few beats at the beginning of CR&S (try the beckham_surac_82033). The 138973_mtx_tobin has some phasing, though a MTX could be best, with the right AUD. Other SBDs run fast: sbd_4951 is too fast, and the 138303_FOB_Schoeps_Ammons is also the ultra SBD pitched way fast. In fact most of these posted AUDS have AUD starts but switch to the Healy SBD (indicating that some uploaders are confused by the vagaries of mic-matrix SBD recording). The show is up on YouTube, with the Tobin SBD upgrade. Not great choices, for an '87 (what with the Healy experimentation), though there are better AUDs out there still (I know mine is not on archive; but I may have acquired it directly from a taper dude. We should have passed on more origin info with our tapes). It pays to remember that we were happy with AUDs for two decades.
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